Monday, August 4, 2008

O.P.P.

O.P.P. Other People Post

had a fantastic race at Xterra Snow Valley. i was very proud of him all day long, but ESPECIALLY in the swim. he was 5th! out of the water and the whole swim was awesome to watch because they looped around this reservoir and you could literally walk right next to everyone up on shore, so i got to watch james draft excellently on the first lap and pull a train of four people on the second lap.... and this article talks about how his run split wast faster than xterra world champion, Conrad Stoltz.


move-in update: we are ALMOST unpacked. the Padres bobble heads have found a nice home in James' office at work! the garage is the next project. and we're still together. barely.

MARTHA
is one of my best friends of all time.we were derelict college roomates and logged crazy hours waking up at noon quite hungover, sitting on the couch eating Wendy's watching 90210 reruns, smoking cigarettes (yep. YUCK!!!!!!!! sorry. so gross.)...the list gets worse so i will stop here.

well, those days are long gone, and thankfully, we both have cleaned up our acts and martha is preparing for her first marathon! She's running the Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco in October and i am incredibly pumped and proud of her (even if she IS wearing a running skirt!). all this combined with the fact that martha (who was an underground genius in college...) is a recent Duke business school graduate and quite successful over in her new home-Houston, TX...She has all three "S"s- Sexy, Smart, and Sane (well 2 out of 3 ain't bad. just kidding, marth).and did i mention she's single? let me know if you know anyone worthy over in TEJAS!



KELLY (and Dante)
I hadn't spoken to kelly in close to 15 years, since we spent our summers as sailing instructors at camp tockwogh. kelly and i both remember each other as lacrosse and field hockey girls, but had no clue we'd both end up in this crazy triathlon world...well, through the wild wonderful world of FACEBOOK, we reconnected this summer right before they CRUSHED it at Ironman Lake Placid. Kelly even swam under an hour (and i didn't stalk Dante's splits because i don't know his last name) and finished the race in the pouring rain!
the two of them still have two half ironmans on the books for the remainder of the year (i'm wishing i could join them for miamiman on 11/9). They just started a blog after IMLP and its awesome. Its a his/hers blog so i can't wait for them to throw each other under the bus. it looks like Dante is already planning some secret swim missions to gain some ground on his fishy lady.
here is their blog....read it- i'm into it already...
here's their profile...

"She is a slight OCD runner and neat freak who likes to nap and scooby a lot. She cannot spell so this blogging thing should be interesting. No judging please! He is the training and equipment resarch coordinator and is considered the coach of the group, he also moonlights as a FIST bike fitter. He is the speller of the relationship, so if anything is mispelled, its all Kelly"


DAN
my brother in law has taken on training for his very first triathlon from no background at all. Dan works crazy hours in the finance world and is getting ready to do the sprint at the Chicago Triathlon later this month! in true, "GIT IT, DAWG!" fashion, he was out there logging the run miles in 100 degree heat on our north carolina vacation (somehow he always left the house like 5 minutes after me, i think he was scared i would lay it to him if we ran together :) , right dan?). next time i won't let him off so easy. i was even with him for his first open water swim (and his first with goggles...okay dan, goggles are like, kind of necessary...)
Anyhow, i'm very proud of him and can't wait to hear about it- wish i could be there!

that's it for now! i'm working out my race schedule for the rest of the year (oh wait, this isn't supposed to be about me) and am thinking fall marathon?....hmmmm

12 comments:

Ryan Denner said...

u won't do it (the marathon)!

Jim said...

Isn't it amazing how this little electronic box can connect us to that wild and wonderful world out there? There are not enough miles or years to separate us from anyone these days. Way to reconnect with the past relationships.

Flatman said...

awesome post...

Sue said...

nice post today...I have been doing alot of hooking up with old friends lately..if James needs some tips on speed work at the track, have him look at my recent post. I think he would enjoy it...:)

Sarah said...

I so heart Facebook for that very reason. It is so awesome that way!

CONGRATS to James on his super awesome job at XTerra. Sounds like you finally got to be the tri-sherpa!

So maybe think about doing LA Tri? Should be a fun time. My friend Heather is driving up from San Diego - I almost wonder if you might know her? Paul (recovering runner) does - I think she's in the SD Tri Club still. Tall, blonde, looks like Uma Therman...anyway, she says LA Tri is a great race. Just one idea!

Have a FANTASTIC weekend!

Christine said...

if not fall...check out the disney marathon in January!! theres a bunch of bloggers running it...should be good times :)

Matt said...

Beth,
aqua-jogging w/o the belt? So you're kinda treading water, no? Isn't that really tough? And did it benefit your run?

triguyjt said...

its cool how you guys hooked up thanks to facebook....isn't that awesome...

congrats to your bro and getting into the triathlon world.

he is officially insane, which means he's the kinda guy I would be good friends with..haha

cool for james on xterra....he is just 'uber fast..
have a great week

Matt said...

Cheers, Beth. Thanks for the description of aqua-jogging. If I could just fit that in. Isn't it a little nuts with all the various work-outs one could/should do?

Why I usually wuss-out and "just go for a run."

Keep up the good work.

Jim said...

I heard from Gail that your brother is doing his first TRI on a Beach Cruiser. Now that is HARD CORE.

Matt said...

Beth, are those your inov-8's? I was wondering what you (or JW) think.

BreeWee said...

Beth I am so happy for that photo, honestly it looks like me all the way, my head is nuts in biking... BUT at least you look hot :) Hey, now people won't be too intimidated by you and then you will get out there and kick their @$$ and they won't know what hit them... Honest, I wasn't making fun, I love ya too much, I just think it is funny, and one day when you and I stop riding like that we will be so fast...VROOOM!